Located in the state of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is the holy town and is one of the famous pilgrimage place in India. This town is part of Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimages of Hindu culture. Badrinath is found at a mean elevation of three, 100 meters above water level and situated at the banks of the Alaknanda River. The town isn’t only a pilgrim destination but its mountain location has given it several trek routes and is legendary for its various mountain expeditions. Here’s an inventory of the simplest places one can visit within the holy town of Badrinath.
1. Badrinath Temple
Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is an important part of the Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimages. This temple is also one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu by the Tamil Saints known as the “Divya Desams”. The temple is one of the important temples for the Hindus in India.
Things to do near Badrinath Temple:
- Visit during the Mata Murti Ka Mela In September.
- Visit the Hot Springs
- View The Neelkanth Peak
2. Hot Springs
Located near the Badrinath temple complex and are considered for his or her religious and medicinal value. Tapt Kund, Suraj Kund, and Narad Kund there are three main hot springs here. The hot sulphurous water rises in temperature as the day progresses and bath in the waters is said to cure the various skin aliments. Make sure not spend more than 5 minutes in the water stretch as one can feel a bit dizzy due to the sulphur content in the water.
Things to do near Hot Springs:
- Visit the Badrinath temple nearby
3. Neelkantha Peak
Located near the town of Badrinath, Neelkantha peak lies at an elevation of three, 474 meters above water level and overlooks the Satopanth Glacier and therefore the Gangtori Glacier. The peak is known to be a moderately challenging trek location and the view from it a breathtaking.
Things to do near Neelkanth Peak:
- Visit the Gangotri Glacier among others
The name “Charanpaduka” literally mean ‘footwear’ and is denoted by the large rock believed to have the footprint of Lord Vishnu. According to the Hindu mythology, the rock is the exact spot where Lord Vishnu first set his foot when he visited earth. The spot is located at the height of 1,030 meters above sea level and is surrounded by a breath-taking meadow which is filled with flowers during the summers.
Things to do near Charanpaduka:
- Exploring the surrounding meadows
5. Valley of Flowers
A true paradise of Earth, Valley of Flowers is visited by tourists all over the world. Around 520 species of flowers grow here and it also houses some endangered fauna species like snow leopards, some sorts of butterflies etc. Visit this beautiful place to witness heaven on earth and see nature at its most beautiful form.
Things to do near Valley of Flowers:
- A visit to Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib nearby